I could not do what I do today without the help of quite a few people. All these people are incredibly important to me and I want them to know that whenever we have success, I might be the one piloting the horse around but without their backing and support , it would just not be possible.
A great big thank you from me to everyone!
I am not really sure I can quite sum up in a paragraph what she does for me, and what she means to me, but here goes: She drives the truck, cooks, cleans and washes. She is my principal groom and walks courses with me. On top of all that, she runs a livery yard and trains young horses. I don’t know how she does it all, it makes me feel tired just thinking about it! She owns shares in some of my horses, has always been my No.1 fan, and is my chief advisor, my best friend, and I love her to bits. She is quite frankly a legend!!!
At the end of 2016 she was delighted to hear that the judges for the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards had given her one of their annual awards – recognising not only her recent role as my principal competition groom but also her many other contributions to Eventing over the years.
Often referred to as ‘Lods’ and known for asking “is it lunch time yet?” Previously my Yard manager and travelling groom she is now officially my PA and definitely ‘She who must be obeyed’……….she does organising, entries, admin, PR, accounts……pretty much anything you can think of…..when not doing any of these she can be found feeding polos to her beloved Spike & Austin (The Princes of Tattleton)
Charlotte has been around Team Tatt a long time, having learnt to ride at my Mum’s riding school when I was still based at home and helping out in all of her spare time. After school she went to Hartpury college to further her knowledge, spending half terms and holidays helping us out at Tattleton. After college she worked here on and off and then in July 2016 she became my Yard Manager. Quiet but determined, Charlotte has brought a ready smile to the team.
In 2017 Charlotte is hoping to get her HGV licence and be part of some of the big events.
Becky joined us in 2014 and is a total trooper. She keeps on going no matter what and always has a smile on her face (except when it’s raining!!). She is excellent either as a travelling groom or when left at home to keep things ticking over. A great team member.
Becky has Billy On Air on loan from Ann Black, and is hoping to do her first season of eventing in 2017.
Lauren joined the team at the beginning of 2016 having been to college and worked on another Event yard. She has had a great first season gaining experience and improving her competition results. She is very enthusiastic and smiley, and is incredibly hard working..
Lauren had Dry Old Party on loan, competing up to Novice level, and now is really flourishing riding young horses, and is bringing on a smart one called Grand Cru which she is hoping to get out eventing in 2017.
Jess C came to us towards the end of 2016 having been very busy studying at college and working 3 part time jobs. She has fitted in really well and has been competitive in a couple of arena eventing competitions over the winter, which has really built her confidence in jumping, and is looking forward to being competitive in her first full season of eventing in 2017, with her lovely little mare Evie.
Leianne works full time at Hylands for my Mum and comes to Tattleton once a week to help us out. She is a really nice jockey, a very hard worker and a very helpful addition to the Team. She competes on her own horse Matilda, and on my Mum’s horse Lacey, and is hoping to move up the grades with them in 2017.